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Procurement Law

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Start Date
20 May 2024

Apply By
26 April 2024


Duration & Format
This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period 20 to 24 May 2024. Courses might be delivered through blended learning. Students are required to have basic computer skills and stable internet connection.

The Procurement Law postgraduate certificate course aims to extract key principles from leading cases and to apply those principles to practical, day-to-day problems.  The course enhances an understanding of the legal challenges which could occur during the course of a procurement transaction as well as mitigation measures which could be applied to address such challenges. 

Course Outcomes
On completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Critically assess the procurement-law regulatory framework;
  • Apply judicial authority to the interpretation of procurement legislation;
  • Review and evaluate the implications of key procurement-law court decisions for day-to-day procurement decisions;
  • Apply case law to practical problems;
  • Critically evaluate the draft Procurement Bill.

Course Content
The course will cover the following topics:

  • A critical analysis of the 5 principles outlined in Section 217(1) of The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
  • Fairness in context
  • Dealing with late bids
  • Adequate response time
  • Providing bidders with adequate and accurate information
  • Evaluation of bids
  • Validity periods
  • A critical review of the procurement regulatory framework
  • The use of public procurement as a policy tool (to promote empowerment, local content and other socio-economic objectives)
  • The disqualification of bidders for non-compliance with bid requirements (non-responsiveness)
  • Deviations, emergency procurement and contract variation
  • The application of procurement law to revenue-generating contracts
  • Cancellation of tenders
  • Criminal and civil liability of procurement officials
  • Judicial remedies
  • “Self-review” by organs of state
  • Claims for damages
  • Non-judicial remedies
  • A critique of the Procurement Bill

Target Audience
Legal practitioners in private practice, in-house counsel, public-sector lawyers, procurement practitioners, administrators and board members who wish to enhance their knowledge of procurement law

Application Process
A relevant Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Commerce in Law or Bachelor of Arts in Law or equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for admission to the postgraduate certificate courses; OR

Applicants with any other undergraduate qualifications must complete the bridging course Introduction to Law for Non- Lawyers.

You will be required to submit a copy of your Bachelors Degree, academic record as well as a copy of your identity document or passport.

Kindly note that all foreign qualifications must be submitted with a SAQA Evaluation Letter.

Additional Information
One of the following certificates can be obtained:

  • Certificate of Attendance: To obtain a certificate of attendance, students are required to attend and participate in 75% of the lectures. 
  • Certificate of Competence: To obtain a certificate of competence, students are required to attend and participate in 75% of the lectures and to complete the assessments as required in the course.

This postgraduate certificate course is accredited by the university in accordance with its statutory mandate.  It does not lead to a qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework

Mahlatse Masemola Tel No: +27 11 717 8438; Email 
Ursula Dillner-Dangor Tel No: +27 11 717 8435; Email: